Paulo Coelho said: If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine- it’s lethal.
There can’t be a better way to put this across. Here, the adventure we are looking at is nothing but ‘Change’. Change is absolutely necessary in whatever we do. As times change, so should our practices. That is the key to stay afloat in the tide of times. Instead, trying to stick to routine will be lethal, as Coelho puts it.
To understand the risks, it is a nice idea to evaluate it by doing a two-by-two checkerboard. For example, let’s say, one criteria could be two types of time periods that an organization can go through when it is up and running- when there’s great advancement with a lot of competition, and when the times are a little dull with not much progress in the industry that the organization is involved in.
The other criteria could be whether the organization is positive about change or likes no-change, the “safe stagnancy”. Plotting this on a two-by-two checkerboard and analysing the situations in each box, we get something like this:
|Lots of Advancement in Industry with competitors||Dull times|
|Organization positive towards Change||The organization is up-to-date with advancements, and is well-equipped to grow and succeed if other factors go well for them||The organization will probably be the one to bring the industry out of its dull times into one of advancement|
|Organization likes no-change||The organization is totally left behind, cannot cope up with competitors, gets into losses, and is an example of something from an older generation||The organization is just one among the many pulling the industry down, and contributing to the dull times|
So, as we see from the top two boxes, embracing change whenever necessary is a win-win situation for both the industry and the organization at any time period. If this simple concept is understood, it aids in growth.
“Change: Change Management Strategies To Transform Your Organization” by R. Poornalingam talks about the journey involving change that can lead to ground-breaking innovation and improvement of the organization. The book takes you through various details using Ram, a fictitious character and narrator of the experiences laid out in the book. It talks about various aspects and stages of change, and how an idea for change can be established. It also talks about change management systems in various industries. The book covers aspects such as quality assurance, setup of a lean and efficient organization, refinements of changes and benefits of reform.
Change can be simple to understand, but it is very difficult to implement. Even a small change makes the ripples travel to all facets of the organization. Every change counts. Sometimes, implementing a change could even mean giving up on the line you’ve been trained to think. It requires immense hard work and sustained belief to bring out a change in something. Yet, it is the only way to move forward and test the limits. Without evolution, death is assured. So, it is important to understand this concept, and keep exploring and trying out possible ideas cheerfully.
As a final note, change doesn’t mean you don’t stick to anything, and that you keep roaming aimlessly from one idea to another, as and when you think you’ve got one. No. Change is more about not getting too attached to one way of looking at or doing things, and instead being ready to accept the new factors that add up, and mould oneself according. Change is basically progress at the right timing. And, we should all aim to create changes for the better.